Honoring the intersection between emotions, cognition, and behavior, emotion-focused therapy provides evidence-based treatment for:
- Adjustment disorders
- Eating disorders
- Post-traumatic stress
- Interpersonal and relationship problems
Emotions guide a meaningful healthy life. They are the first and often subconscious response to our experiences. As such, emotions greatly affect our choices and decision-making on a daily basis.
How we engage with our thoughts and emotions greatly impacts our mental health. And whilst positive emotions can enrich and enhance our lives, negative thoughts may feel overwhelming to deal with. But why are some of us better at regulating emotions such as anger, sadness, anxiety, guilt or despair than others? There are several reasons for this:
- Lack of learning opportunities or emotional support to learn how to regulate negative emotions during childhood.
- Processing feelings in an unhelpful way that has been reinforced over time.
- Cultural norms that dictate how one should react in certain situations can exacerbate negative emotions.
Avoiding emotions altogether can tip off the balance between the need for stability and the need for change, the past and the future. Certainty quickly becomes replaced by uncertainty and your intuition no longer guides your decisions and problem-solving processes.
The premise of emotion-focused therapy is that processing emotions without judgment is central to developing coping skills and transforming unhelpful thought patterns into healthy alternatives. Therapy takes on a variety of objectives to help individuals build psychological resilience and strengthen a sense of self.
Therapy at MindWell Psychology specializes in anxiety and depression. A detailed description of our individual and group therapy approach can be found here. Sessions are tailored to the specific needs of individuals, families, and distressed couples.
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